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EPPD: Woman cut through funeral procession, struck police officer

The El Paso Police officer injured in a wreck Thursday morning is out of surgery and in stable condition, El Paso Police said.

Friday, police identified the officer as Daniel Rodriguez, a 13-year-veteran of the police department assigned to the Westside Regional Command Center’s traffic section.

The crash was reported at about 10 a.m. at Zaragoza and Roseann in Far East El Paso. Police said Rodriguez was riding north on Zaragoza when Nicole Anne Pabon, 41, cut through the funeral procession the officer was escorting.

Police said Pabon struck the officer’s motorcycle with her 2004 Dodge Durango. Pabon was heading south on Zaragoza and attempting to make a left turn when she struck the officer, police said.

According to police, another officer in the procession and a good Samaritan pulled Rodriguez from the wreck and performed CPR.

Police said Rodriguez suffered life-threatening injuries which required surgery. He remains in critical, but stable condition.

The wreck remains under investigation. No charges have been filed against Pabon yet.

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